An employee at Friesians of Majesty Horse Farm in Townshend VT was killed in fire that ravaged a barn and two apartments early Sunday morning. Townshend Firefighters found the large barn and attached two unit apartments fully engulfed in flames upon arrival at 12:30 am. Chief Douglas Winot immediately activated the mutual aid system and the fire went to a fifth alarm.
While fighting the blaze firefighters learned an employee was not accounted for, and the fire department was unable to locate the employee during the firefight.
The Department of Public Safety Fire Investigation Unit was called to conduct an origin and cause investigation and to assist with locating the body. The name of the victim is not being released pending positive identification and notification of next of kin.
All of the horses were able to escape to safety. The estimated cost of the uninsured buildings is estimated at $1 million dollars. The horse farm was the largest Friesian breeding farm in the US.
The fire does not appear to be suspicious in nature at this time however; the fire is still under investigation by the Department of Public Safety Fire Investigation Unit. Anyone with information concerning this fire is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police